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Baby's Dinner (1895)

Repas de bébé (original title)
As part of a maiden public film screening at the Salon Indien, on December 28, in Paris, Auguste Lumière pivots the centre of attention around his baby daughter, as he tries to feed her from a spoon.

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Louis Lumière
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Credited cast:
Mrs. Auguste Lumiere ... Herself (as Marguerite Lumière)
Andrée Lumière ... Himself (as 'bebe')
Auguste Lumière ... Himself
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A baby is seated at a table between its cheerful parents, Auguste and Marguerite Lumière. While the father is feeding the baby with a spoon, the mother is pouring coffee into her cup. The father gives the baby a biscuit, which the baby grabs, but doesn't eat, although both parents encourage it. The father resumes feeding the baby with the spoon. Written by Maths Jesperson {maths.jesperson1@comhem.se}

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July 1896 (Uruguay) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Film as the evolution of photography...
2 May 2007 | by jluis1984See all my reviews

On a cold day of December in 1895, two photo technicians named Auguste and Louis Lumière rented the Salon Indien Du Grand Café to show the results of a series of experiments they had been making since 1892. As workers of their father's photographic firm, their work in the development of better process to make photographs wasn't unknown, but what the brothers showed to their limited audience that day was far beyond what anyone could have imagined. On that day, cinema was born, as the brothers' invention, the Cinématographe, allowed to project moving images on a screen, a considerable improvement over the popular Kinetoscope (which showed the images through a peephole). As photographers themselves, the brothers considered their invention to be the natural evolution of photography, so most of the movies they showed that day were done to show the idea that like photography, cinema was here to capture memories, albeit in a more vivid way.

Of the 10 short films the brothers screened on that historical day, most were of course devised to show the movement of the images (people walking, exercising, or simply the traffic passing on the street), but the others had specific purposes to show the brothers' ideas of what kind of uses give to the new invention. One was of course the shooting of the arrival of the Congress of Photographers in Lyon, aimed to show cinema as a new way to document history; there was also "L'Arroseur Arrosé", which showed cinema as a way to tell a simple and fun little story; and finally, there were the movies that, like photographs, captured family moments. "Repas De Bébé" (literally, "Baby's Meal") was one of that kind of movie, as the film showed Auguste Lumière and his wife Marguerite, while they are having breakfast with their baby daughter Andrée.

While one could even say that the movie doesn't have anything special besides the fact that it was among the first movies screened in history; "Repas De Bébé" is probably the movie that represents the Lumières' ideal of cinema the most, as like a photography, the movie captures a charming moment in the life of a family that can be revisited anytime, with the advantage of having it moving. This meant that we could not only remember how persons looked in the past, we were now able to see how they behaved, what they did or simply how they really lived. It was more than a documentary or an actuality film, this was essentially a memory being caught on film and saved for posterity. One can make the argument that film videos were born with this movie, and for that reason alone, "Repas De Bébé" has a special place in the history of film. 6/10


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